Stress effects everyone at some stage of their life, from upsetting life events to something positive like moving home, we have all probably had those nights where we just cannot switch off and get to sleep.
When this becomes a regular occurrence, it can have a significant negative impact on your life, creating a circle of poor sleep and stressful days. The TouchPoint Solution for Sleep is a rather unique sleep aid, using a technique we hadn’t come across before, shortlisted as TIME’s Best Invention of the Year, the TouchPoint works by using proprietary neuroscience technology and creates a gentle, alternating micro-vibration to calm you down, ready to fall into a natural sleep.
Established in 2016 by founder Vicki Mayo, who originally set out to find a way to help her four year old, who suffered from night terrors get a good night’s sleep, there is now a range a products available for adults and children alike, tackling a whole host of common stress and anxiety related issues, including irritability, stress related headaches, PTSD, sensory sensitivity and task avoidance.
This particular model focuses on sleep and comes with two soft zippered sweatbands in either navy or grey as well as the TouchPoints Basic units, to be worn on either side of the body, a dual-pronged charging cable and a linen carry bag to store everything. Incredibly simple to use, the multifunctional button needs to be hit once to switch it on and again to scroll through the three speed settings, by holding them next to each other you only need to select the speed on one device and the other with automatically fall into the right rhythm.
The TouchPoints can be worn on the wrists or ankles although with my skinny wrists the one size fits all band was a little large, leaving gaps, an adjustable strap would be a nice addition to get a precise fit and feel the vibrations effectively. It is recommended that the bands are worn for 15minutes before bedtime then removed when you feel drowsy and ready for sleep, if you forget to take them off, they will automatically switch off after 30minutes to conserve the battery.
The lights (green, blue, amber and pink) indicated the units are switched on and what level they are set at, however this can be quite bright if you activate them in the middle of the night after waking, the button can be activated through the wristbands if needed and the light doesn’t come through. The devices do make a little buzzing noise when switched on, this also made the metal zip rattle a little during our tests, it is not hugely irritating but perhaps a plastic zip or Velcro fastening would be more appropriate.
Tests carried out by TouchPoint showed that their BLAST (bi-lateral alternating stress tactile) technology can reduce stress by up to 70% in 30 seconds and also reduces the objective marker of cortisol both during and after a stressful event. This we can believe, whether it is a placebo, a distraction or neuroscience, the TouchPoint Solution for Sleep is producing a relaxing effect, their simple and effective use is well worth a look at for anyone who struggles with sleep or relaxing in general. RRP $135.99
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- Induces relaxation
- Incredibly easy to use
- Three different settings
- Automatically syncs with each other
- Dual charging cord
- 30 minute automatic switch off
- Bi-lateral alternating stress tactile technology
- Can make the zip rattle
- Lights quite bright
- Nonadjustable Wrist strap